August 24, 1572 – Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

August 24, 1572 – Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.

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June 25, 1857 – Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal is published

June 25, 1857 – Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal is published

One of the most influential French poets of all time, Charles Baudelaire publishes his book Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil), leading to his conviction on charges of blasphemy and obscenity.

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June 20, 1789 – Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath

June 20, 1789 – Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath

In Versailles, France, the deputies of the Third Estate, which represent commoners and the lower clergy, meet on the Jeu de Paume, an indoor tennis court, in defiance of King Louis XVI’s order to disperse.

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